What is Nostr?
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2023-09-09 17:38:08

Snowden on Nostr: This really is the worst. Instagram started the trend with their hideous "log in or ...

This really is the worst. Instagram started the trend with their hideous "log in or else" flow. Then Twitter and reddit went to insanely privacy-hostile API changes instead of simply requiring a proof of work or anon payment. Even some major nostr relays seem to be doing Tor blocking now (damus? Not sure, but I get a ton of errors connecting to certain relays via Tor.)

Platforms have become so fearful of bots/spam/scraping (or rather pretend to be fearful, so as to justify blatantly commercial and anti-social decision-making) that they've totally destroyed the open access model that a functioning freenet depends on.

This is the main reason I want to see "unowned" protocols succeed. Jack has it right: we're at a turning point.

A couple weeks ago the Relay for Reddit app I've used for many years stopped working because the developer added a dependency on Google Play services to force paid subscriptions. GrapheneOS doesn't play well with that.

So I begrudgingly switched to the Infinity app. Well, this week it appears they started blocking all known VPN and data center IP addresses.

I hate this recurring feeling as a Cypherpunk that the walls keep closing in.
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